Gene`s BMX News -- 08/13/2009
"BMX-News" wrote:*** Bikes Belong BMX Access Results ***
Boulder, CO -- 07/25/2009
Bikes Belong Releases BMX Access Survey Results.
Freestyle BMX is growing increasingly popular, but bike access
to skateparks remains a problem. Bikes Belong recently surveyed
nearly 100 skatepark managers from 30 states to learn why bike
use is restricted and what strategies support shared use.
Of the skateparks that responded to the survey, 46 % deny
access to BMX riders, citing concerns such as liability, user
conflict and facility damage. Nearly all of these reasons for
denying bike access relate to park design.
Nearly all of these reasons for denying bike access relate to park
design. Often, parks werenâ€™t designed for BMX use because bikers
didnâ€™t participate in the planning, fundraising and construction
Park managers are often open to reviewing their policy on bikes;
but, rules only change when the bike community is well organized,
professional and engaged. The survey also found that some parks
are prohibited from allowing bikes by their insurance or park warranty.
Fifty-four percent of the skateparks surveyed said theyâ€™ve
successfully integrated biking and skating. What works?
* Seventy-six percent of these parks use and recommend
unrestricted schedules for bikers and skaters.
* Although 67% said that bike-related wear and tear is observed,
most indicated that their parks are designed to withstand bike use.
* Forty-two percent require or suggest park-friendly pegs and pedals.
* Itâ€™s beneficial to have leaders of both user groups
who set a positive and cooperative example.
BMX is important to the future of the U.S. bike industry.
It appeals to kids, doesnâ€™t have to cost much, and is suitable for
both rural and urban environments. Additionally, studies have shown
that involvement in BMX acts as a â€œgateway sport,â€ often the first step
to a lifetime of interest in cycling. Increasing the number of parks that
allow BMX riding will guarantee riders a legal, safe, and fun place to
practice and play.
The full results of the survey and the report on its
findings are available at bikesbelong.org/research.
Bikes Belong Coalition is the U.S. bicycle industry organization
dedicated to getting more people riding bikes more often.
Bikes Belong works to increase federal bike funding, awards
grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling
and its benefits, and backs crucial national efforts such as Safe
Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the National
Bike Summit. The affiliated Bikes Belong Foundation focuses on
improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs.
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